CICP Course Descriptions
Introduction to Community Oriented Policing

This course is designed for members of police, sheriff, public safety, or community offices that are either considering or have implemented community oriented policing. This course covers the elements of the community policing philosophy, the importance of community members in collaborative partnerships with law enforcement officers, and the nature of community problem solving efforts. A simple, but effective model for community problem solving is introduced to help course participants develop appropriate problem solving techniques. Community members and public officials are especially welcome to enroll in this important course.

COP: The Changing Role of Police Leadership

This course examines the leadership role of law enforcement supervisors as it relates to community oriented policing. Supervisors are responsible for adhering to and extending the department’s mission and goals, managing employees, establishing priorities, implementing decisions, evaluating employee performance, and making equitable decisions. All of this activity must be within the framework of developing community partnerships, solving community problems, and working in a new "empowerment" environment. This course will provide participants with a series of leadership skills that will advance Community Policing. Effective communication, using power, influence, and authority over your work team, and becoming a credible leader are some of the topics that will be discussed.

The Role of Diversity in Community Oriented Policing

This workshop will look at valuing diversity from many human perspectives such as age, ethnic heritage, organizational roles, gender and race. It is designed to heighten understanding and make productive use of diverse and ethical issues that exist within police agencies and communities while viewing human differences as assets.

Ethics And Integrity-Their Influences on Public Trust

Ethics and Integrity-Their Influences on Public Trust consists of four modules. Foundations takes the line officer/first line supervisor through a learning and self-assessment process to provide participants with definitions and insights on ethics, misconduct, and ethical dilemmas with the goal of giving them a standard from which to measure their own ethics, beliefs, and attitudes. Decision-Making provides participants with information on moral development and ethical decision making focussing on Kohlberg's six stages of moral development. It also covers various decision-making tools and discusses critical thinking. In Application, students process case studies defining the misconduct, dilemmas (complexities and pressures), and defining moments (those deeply personal moments when we make decisions that define who we are). The Assessment module provides the opportunity to develop a personal ethics action plan.

Applied Community Problem Solving

Community problems arise when community members have goals for change that are blocked by resource, administrative, or other problems. These problems may have a very negative effect on the quality of life in communities, and may also contribute to disorder. This course provides practical and pragmatic experiences that community members and law enforcement officers can employ to identify problems, find appropriate resources, and work towards problem resolution.

Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving For Campus Law Enforcement Agencies

This course deals with the unique perspectives of community oriented policing for campus police departments. While the principles and philosophy are the same, partnerships and problem solving techniques offer unique challenges.

The purpose of this workshop is to understand, apply and implement community oriented policing and problem solving as the primary method of policing for improving the quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on university/college campuses.

This course will explore in depth such topics as:

  • Historical perspective of campus community policing
  • Define and discuss what is community oriented policing
  • Discuss departmental and community roles for campuses
  • Discuss constraints on campus community oriented policing
  • Define problem solving
  • Practical exercises for campuses using the SARA Model
  • Accountability and ethics for campus community oriented policing

"Spanglish" for Law Enforcement: Overcoming Cultural and Language Barriers

This class will provide participants with a foundational basis to better understand the Spanish speaking population while improving the participants' confidence to effectively relate and communicate with the Spanish speaking population.  The class is broken into 3 sections:  Culture, Interactions, and Language.

Problem Solving for Property Managers

This seminar combines classroom lectures with exercises that encompass the skills necessary to begin effective problem solving within a multi-family community context, from the perspective of property managers, apartment community managers, and property owners. Participants will learn a variety of approaches whereby the police and the community can work together to intervene in the problems of crime and disorder in a way that reduces or eliminates the root causes of these problems, improving the quality of life.

Policing Rental Properties

There is a clear and direct relationship between crime/disorder and residential rental properties. More specifically, properties that are actively and firmly managed have far fewer problems of this nature than properties that are passively managed. While crime rates will vary, in many communities crime in and immediately surrounding rental properties accounts for up to about 50% of all crime. That is significant; by working with property landlords (owners and managers) to enhance management of tenant and guest behavior, police have an extraordinary opportunity for substantial crime reduction.

People typically look to police for crime solutions. In the property management business, owners and managers will almost always look solely to the police and not within their own operations and behaviors for the solutions to crime. The truth is, landlords have far more leverage to prevent crime/disorder than police ever will. They have administrative control over tenants, the power to fine, and the power to evict. Police have only their capacity to enforce criminal law over criminals, unless they engage others to exercise their authority and power.

There are a few ways that police can work to enhance landlord accountability for managing crime and disorder on their properties: First, police can educate landlords on key methods for controlling tenant behavior and responding to problems and challenges; secondly, police can employ regulatory pressure to force landlords into addressing problems; Thirdly, police can pursue criminal prosecution and civil suits to force landlords to cooperate.

This course is designed to help police officers and managers learn these tactics and how to apply appropriate pressure to make landlords responsive in the effort to reduce and prevent crime.

Citizen Intake and Investigation

This course will identify the value of open citizen complaint intake and investigation process. A sample process will be discussed as a tool to design a new one for a specific department as well as to review and strengthen current processes.

Biased Based Policing

This class is to provide the student officer with information concerning bias based policing issues and guides, including policy in which to respond appropriately when on police patrol facing issue of biased delivery of professional police services.

Early Intervention Identification Systems

This course will discuss the definition, purposes, and components of early identification and intervention systems. It reviews a process to identify, intervene, and follow-up with officers who exhibit problematic conduct. The review of data collected by a system will include supervisory, management, and systemic organizational issues and problems. Attendees will have an opportunity to develop a strategy for implementing EIIS in their departments.

Crime Mapping for Community Policing

Community Policing has a special set of objectives and needs that can be supported by GIS. This course helps law enforcement personnel use GIS products for problem identification, problem visualization, and solution development. This course provides an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and possibilities of data analysis and mapmaking with GIS. This course is intended to help law enforcement personnel and community members to effectively communicate needs to, and work with, GIS users and crime analysts. It introduces basic GIS concepts, discusses what kinds of questions GIS can answer, and provides information on what types of data can be used in GIS. No computer knowledge is required.

Introductory and Advanced Topics in GIS

This course is intended to help new analysts develop knowledge of GIS concepts and analytical techniques. This course is the first in a series of technical courses and should be considered a prerequisite for subsequent CICP GIS courses for Analysts. Objectives are as follows:

  • Answer the question: What is GIS?
  • Provide a quick overview of how GIS can serve as a useful tool for Community Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Introduce concepts and terminology of GIS
  • Introduce the ArcView interface
  • Provide knowledge of data sources, getting your existing records into GIS, and data maintenance issues
  • Introduce geocoding principles and practices
  • Discuss the importance of making effective maps and reports

This course is not intended to communicate the wide range of applications of GIS in policing; it is an introductory technical course to familiarize Analysts with basic GIS functions and the ArcView interface. Registrants should have a good working understanding of PC computing and Windows-based software applications (word processors, spreadsheets, etc.) and basic map reading skills.

This advanced technical course is designed to assist new analysts in developing knowledge of GIS concepts and analytical techniques. The class will demonstrate how to perform attribute and spatial queries within GIS, introduce extensions to the ArcView interface, geoprocessing functions, and hotspot identification processes. Other topics include, GIS data models used for crime analysis and GIS output and communicating information.

Grant Writing and Project Planning For Community Partnerships

This two-day course is designed to help organizations research, organize and write grants to receive money for community partnership purposes. The course helps participants identify a funding need, develop goals and objectives (strategic planning), identify funding sources, develop project grant proposals, review budget requirements, and participate in program evaluation techniques. The program is very hands-on, involving participants throughout the course. Participants will leave the class with a participant handbook, reviewing all the material that is discussed in class, information on numerous funding resources, and the understanding of how to write and receive a grant for their organization.

SWAT Team Response to Bus Hijacking

The overall goal of this class is to provide participants with a basic understanding of hostage incidents (with special emphasis on terrorist hostage incidents), tactical concerns of different types of buses, and techniques for hostage rescue on buses. Participants will be exposed to classroom instruction and actual hands-on training in the field. ( Please bring your duty gear including: pistol belt, pistol, and ballistics helmet.) This class is intended for SWAT Team personnel only.

Hostage Rescue in Terrorist & Bus Hijackings

The overall goal of this course is to provide the overview of terrorism in the world today, trends and how it relates to the threat of a terrorist bus hijacking. Law Enforcement first responders, supervisors and special team’s personnel are encouraged to attend. Participants will be exposed to classroom instruction and table top scenarios to encourage the development of department protocols, policy and procedure in the event of such an attack . This class is for Certified Law Enforcement only .

Crisis Decision-Making for Public Safety Professionals

Seating limited. Training revolves around the nature of crisis, types of decision-making, and factors that affect the decision-making process.  The class will be taught using lecture, interactive seminars, and practical application

Tactical Building Clearing Procedures for Patrol Officers

This course is tailor made for the uniform patrol officer utilizing proven SWAT team tactics in a patrol environment. It encompasses hands on training in techniques that could be used for everyday duties such as alarm, prowler calls, etc. Students should bring duty gear (pistol belt, pistol, and flashlight). Eight (8) hours of in-service training credit will be given for successful completion of this course.

Human Trafficking

Approximately 15,000 - 18,000 people are trafficked with the U.S. each year. Would you be able to recognize a trafficking victim? This training will provide law enforcement officers with an introduction to Human Trafficking including signs & symptoms, investigation considerations, how to protect witnesses, and immigration issues.

Negotiation Keys for Commander – Managing the Command, Negotiation & Tactical Triad

This course will discuss the different types of incidents, along with their respective negotiation strategies and techniques. Incident assessment and behavioral dynamics will be explained in conjunction with influence and self control. Critical decision making considerations will be identified with an emphasis on a unified strategy between negotiations and tactical operations. Indicators of progress, high risk indicators and the tactical role of the negotiation team will also be presented. Various myths will be dispelled and best practices will be highlighted through lecture, case study discussion and audio / visual support. Target Audience: Law enforcement managers who may find themselves responsible for the incident command of a hostage / barricade incident. Additionally, this instructional block would also benefit tactical team personnel. Length of Course: 8 hours; Post Certified



This course is designed for those law enforcement personnel who may be the first to communicate with a subject involved in a hostage/barricade incident.  The first 15 to 45 minutes of a hostage/barricade incident is a volatile time period.  The average response time for SWAT and negotiation teams is 45 minutes to one hour.  Therefore, it becomes critical for the first law enforcement person to initiate a dialogue with the subject in order to de-escalate the situation, lower tension and buy time for responding crisis management teams.

Target Audience:

Patrol officers, correctional officers and 911 communications specialists who may find themselves in first responder situations.

Course Contents:

The course will provide the attendee with a working knowledge of a crisis state, situational and behavioral assessment, and effective communication strategies and techniques.  Areas of emphasis will be officer safety, overall philosophy and approach, areas to avoid and intelligence issues.

Length of Course:

4 hours; Post Certified


9:00 – 9:50 am Course Objectives

Possible Circumstances

Crisis State Defined

Verbal Containment

10:00 – 10:50 am         Situational & Behavioral Assessment

Initial Contact / Actions

Overall Philosophy & Approach

11:00 – 11:50 am         Overall Philosophy & Approach (cont)

Areas to Avoid

Negotiation Techniques

Demands & Deadlines

12:00 – 1:00 pm           Suicide; Suicide by Cop


Intelligence Issues


Interviews and Body Language Techniques

This course will address techniques for assessing suspects through knowledge of interview techniques, body language and eye patterns. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to apply successful conversational techniques to detect deception or truthfulness in an individual.

Course Objectives

·         Identify interview techniques to maximize officer safety.

·         Develop a basic understanding of non-verbal communication.

·         Identify the difference between an interview and interrogation.

· Identify rapidly changing legal circumstances during roadside interviews.

·         Identify the 5 phases of the interview process.

·         Identify elements of active listening.

·         Identify common interviewing mistakes.

·         Describe strategies to set up a controlled environment.

·         Practice conversational interview techniques.

Course Length: 1 day (8 hour)

Overview of Topics :

·         The Basics of Citizen Encounters

·         Legal Issues

·         The Interview

·         Eye Accessing

·         Questioning Techniques

·         Deceptive Subjects

·         The Setting

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